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Specifiers seeking LEED credits for sustainably sourced wood now have more options, the U.S. Green Building Council announced this month. Previously, only FSC-certified products counted for points toward LEED certification for the use of responsibly and legally sourced wood. However, a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path opens up all certifications approved under ASTM D7612-10—including, most notably, that of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The goal is to reduce the volume of irresponsibly or illegally sourced wood used in projects while responding to a renewed interest among architects toward using timber in place of steel and concrete, when possible. The new compliance path applies to both LEED 2009 and v4. [Treehugger + USGBC]
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